Group set to form to fight Rawdon homes idea

A new group to battle plans to develop green land in Aireborough will be officially formed next week.

A pair of MPs have led calls for campaigners to form an action group to protect land at Rawdon Billing, which is listed in the Leeds City Council’s Strategic Housing Land Availability Assessment, as a potential site for developing hundreds of homes.

But after heeding calls about delays from Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew and Leeds North West MP Greg Mulholland and a warning from Graham Booth, of Menston Action Group, where permission was granted for up to 300 homes, campaigners will meet next Tuesday to set up their group.

Councillors in the area have also voiced concerns about the land appearing on the assessment.

Interested locals met last week and a constitution and battle plan will be drawn up to get the action group going, when it meets again in Rawdon.

The group has been assisted by the Wharfedale and Aireborough Review Development (Ward) who are battling green belt developments along the A65 corridor from Horsforth to Ilkley.

Jennifer Kirkby, from Ward, said the new Rawdon group, which has yet to come up with a name, will have plenty of work to do.

“At a meeting on March 30, Graham Booth told people ‘if you snooze you lose’ when looking at what happened in Menston,” she said.

“They have to get Rawdon Billing off that list.”

According to council documents, there are early proposals to develop more than 200 acres of green land at the Billing.

The Rawdon Trust has offered the land to developers and is currently in negotiations with housebuilders about the land, which falls between Yeadon, Rawdon and Horsforth.

The council has said it cannot remove a site from the assessment, but its presence does not mean it will automatically be allocated for development.

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11:26am Wed 18 Apr 12

roksee says...

Well done to them, at this present time in society, councils are taking the sides of these builders which i belief is obvious, developing these new housing estates in surrounding that will attain maximum selling prices is not what i would call social housing, with so many people not on the property ladder,too many times, the local residents are not listened to, a series of consultations are simple staged for "going through the motions", inner city area's that are potentially right for development are left untouched, here is the key to success or failure, people who live in these run down area's. simple see their council's ignoring ther plights, on the other hand people who live in the potential area's for development, see their council's ignoring the true picture of their local community. In essence, councils are corrupt(not in the legal definition of the word), why?, simple look at the area's of responsibility, and then ask the question,"is this the best they can do", what's your answer going to be!
Well done to them, at this present time in society, councils are taking the sides of these builders which i belief is obvious, developing these new housing estates in surrounding that will attain maximum selling prices is not what i would call social housing, with so many people not on the property ladder,too many times, the local residents are not listened to, a series of consultations are simple staged for "going through the motions", inner city area's that are potentially right for development are left untouched, here is the key to success or failure, people who live in these run down area's. simple see their council's ignoring ther plights, on the other hand people who live in the potential area's for development, see their council's ignoring the true picture of their local community. In essence, councils are corrupt(not in the legal definition of the word), why?, simple look at the area's of responsibility, and then ask the question,"is this the best they can do", what's your answer going to be! roksee

1:12pm Wed 18 Apr 12

yorkshiredude says...

Every single possible site for housing has to be looked at, it is misleading to say that these are early proposals.
Every single possible site for housing has to be looked at, it is misleading to say that these are early proposals. yorkshiredude

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